'They've ruined our life'

Wilding Pines on the Mid Dome in Southland, one of the worst affected parts of the country.

Wilding pines grow five times faster in NZ than the US and are taking a huge toll on farmers.

Chinese pay premium for NZ milk

Fonterra is not the only company making inroads into China with dairy products. The country is proving a fertile ground ...

Fonterra is making a play for health-conscious Chinese consumers with its new line of premium milks.

New Tatua CEO

Tatua Co-operative Dairy Company has 113 suppliers.

Tatua's new CEO is a local who grew up just down the road from the co-op's HQ.

Back country tales

Over the past three years, Katherine Tozer and husband Peter Tribe have collected stories and photos from rural New ...

A 92-page coffee table book reveals the resilience, bravery and dogged determination of NZ farmers.

Rustlers hit farmers

Federated Farmers rural crime portfolio leader Rick Powdrell has himself been a victim of rustlers.

Thieves target farmers but stock thefts are trending down, a Federated Farmers survey shows.

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opinion

A message to the new Prime Minister

John Key and Waikato Federated Farmers president Chris Lewis talk prior to Key's speech to Waikato farmers.

OPINION: Farmers are grumpy as they head into an election year in 2017.

Tis the season to make simple food

As Christmas approaches Louise Giltrap looks back over the year and counts her blessings.

Natural versus test tube meat

Politics could move to the fringes

Fieldays

Helping others, helping himself 

Bay of Plenty kiwifruit orchardist David Horwood has overcome depression by turning his innovation ideas into reality.

 Award-winning inventor overcame depression by turning his ideas into reality.

Weber mystery at Fieldays

Reporter Audrey Malone takes on the Chiefs' Brad Weber in an obstacle course challenge at Mystery Creek.

Fieldays Rural Bachelor of the Year winner  Paul Olsen from Manawatu.

Biggest and busiest

The National Fieldays has wrapped up one of its biggest and busiest events yet.

dairy

New Tatua CEO

Tatua Co-operative Dairy Company has 113 suppliers.

Tatua's new CEO is a local who grew up just down the road from the co-op's HQ.

Chinese pay premium for NZ milk

Fonterra is making a play for health-conscious Chinese consumers with its new line of premium milks.

Farmers on the Hauraki Plains will have to adopt good management practices if they are to meet the Sea Change marine ...

Cleaning up the Hauraki Gulf

Farmer groups will have until the end of next year to put forward guidelines that show how the Hauraki Gulf catchment can be effectively managed.

advice

Rustlers hit farmers

Federated Farmers rural crime portfolio leader Rick Powdrell has himself been a victim of rustlers.

Thieves target farmers but stock thefts are trending down, a Federated Farmers survey shows.

Maximising your profit

Increasing milk production does not necessarily generate more profit.

Gordon Levet with some of his highly worm-resistant rams under testing for facial eczema tolerance.

Farming with the dreaded eczema

Romney breeder Gordon Levet has advice for farmers on how to reduce the impact of facial eczema.

aquaculture

Barge firm ready for log jam

Nautilus Pacific barging logs in the Marlborough Sounds.

500,000 tonnes of logs will be harvested in Kenepuru and Pelorus Sounds a year over the next 50 years.

'A pioneer, an entrepreneur and a bloody good bloke'

Commercial fishing's 'elder statesman' farewelled.

Paua exposed by the earthquake on the coast near Oaro, south of Kaikoura. Little can be done to save these, but mature ...

Kaikoura fishery closure on cards video

Stocks of paua and crayfish need time to recover after this week's devastating quake.

beef

Ovary scan could lift low calving rates

North Otago veterinarian and specialist beef breeder Neil Sanderson (left) meets with a leading Australian beef breeder ...

Rob Tipa reports on a cow fertility trial that could give a huge boost to agricultural earnings.

Top awards for beef and lamb dishes

Top restaurants named by Beef + Lamb NZ

Brent Mountfort has fenced off bush and wetlands on his farm near Whakatane.

Sustainability to enhance, not only protect, environment

An environment-enhancing and profitable farming operation can go hand in hand, a Bay of Plenty sheep and beef farmer tells Anne Boswell.

Sheep

$150 lamb the green solution

Sheep bred by Alastair and John Reeves of Waimai Romney Stud.

Waikato farming family has an unshakeable belief in sheep.

Farming run-off small in estuary

Sediment tracking study finds most run-off is from bank erosion.

The merino clip has been almost cleaned out by a rising market.

NZ merino outperforms expectations

Confounding expectations, merino wool continued its market climb, thanks to demand for non-mulesing wool.

cropping

70 hay bales stolen

There was no indication of the method used to take the bales and there appeared to be no witnesses.

They were just sitting in the field, now they're gone. But they're pretty big, so did anyone notice them being pinched?

Wet spring spears asparagus yield

A cold and wet spring has North Island asparagus growers in short supply. 

The humble onion earns $112 million a year in export earnings. High school student Lincoln Roper, 16, is the youngest ...

Hort boom fueled by declining tariffs

While tariffs are reducing, the horticulture industry is facing rising numbers of non-tariff barriers to exports.

agribusiness

A message to the new Prime Minister

John Key and Waikato Federated Farmers president Chris Lewis talk prior to Key's speech to Waikato farmers.

OPINION: Farmers are grumpy as they head into an election year in 2017.

Satisfaction in air at Fonterra

Shareholders seemed satisfied with where the industry is heading at annual meeting at Darfield.

Farmers on the Hauraki Plains will have to adopt good management practices if they are to meet the Sea Change marine ...

Cleaning up the Hauraki Gulf

Farmer groups will have until the end of next year to put forward guidelines that show how the Hauraki Gulf catchment can be effectively managed.

Discovery

Setting up dairy for new evolution

Matt Highway – Manager of Sustainable Dairying – Living Water, Fonterra

Rob Mitchell talks to the environmental scientist who developed riparian guides for the Sustainable Dairying Water Accord.

Watching grass grow

Rob Mitchell talks to a scientist who is studying pasture persistence under the big Transforming the Dairy Value Chain PGP.

Dana Carver, right, DairyNZ Wellness and Wellbeing Programme leader, is also  a wellness coach.

The incredible wellness of being

The leader of a programme that encourages farmers and rural professionals to talk about mental health and wellbeing.

rural women

Leading scientific research in Taranaki

Debbie McCallum has been appointed to the role of regional science co-ordinator for the new Dairy Trust Taranaki.

A respected Taranaki farm consultant will lead dairy research in the region.

Talented mum up for Fonterra council

Michelle Pye hopes to become a South Canterbury representative on the Fonterra shareholder council.

A culture change will lead to better safety on farms.

Culture change needed before safety on farms improves

New laws only go so far in effecting positive changes in health and safety on farms.

Video

Capital 'dodged a bullet' in quake

Opening Press Hall with aims to enliven part of the city, Wellington developer welcomes return to "stiff" building design.

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